Where to stay in Killarney Lakeside setting

Where to stay in Killarney Lakeside setting

Where to stay in Killarney, 12th Century Castle on the grounds

Where to stay in Killarney? Location, Location, Location !!!

Where to stay, we recommend the Lake Hotel where Room rates are competitive.

There are many reasons to stay in Killarney because of its great location and easy access to the South West of Ireland, the Ring of Kerry, Dingle, Gap of Dunloe, Beara Peninsula, The Killarney National Park and so much more. It is an ideal stopover and we would also recommend adding at least an extra day here on your Vacation.

When it comes to Where to stay in Killarney the Lake Hotel offers the following

Ten Reasons to stay at the Lake Hotel:

  1. True Irish hospitality from an Irish  family running hotels for 4 Generations
  2. Location, Location, Location more spectacular scenery (top image) in Killarney and Kerry
  3. Situated on the Ring of Kerry adjoining and looking on the Killarney National park
  4. Four Star luxury with free internet, Outdoor Hot Tub, Parking great walks on the Grounds.
  5. Friendly staff and efficient service, Lake View Restaurants
  6. The Lake Hotel is a Hub for the following to name a few: Ring of Kerry, Gap of Dunloe, Dingle Peninsula, Beara Peninsula, Skellig’s Boat Trip, Killarney National Park, Golf Courses, Horse Riding, Cycling, Walking and anything Outdoors.
  7. Nature on your doorstep and Wildlife not seen by any other Hotel in Ireland, Eagles + Native Red Deer
  8. There is a 12th Century Floodlit Castle on the Grounds
  9. Relaxing Lounges, Library and Meeting rooms
  10. Photographers dream. Come and see


Killarney Restaurants

Killarney Lake Hotel Restaurants

Where to stay in Killarney

Where to stay in Killarney what a view

Killarney Hotel Hot tub

Killarney Hotel Hot tub

Where to stay in Killarney, on the Ring of Kerry, the Lake Hotel is situated on the ring and you could say the Ring of Kerry begins and ends at the Lake Hotel. We also have easy access to the Killarney National Park on our doorstep. Muckross Abbey is a short 1.5 km walk from the hotel and the McCarthy Mor Castle is 150 m from the Hotel.

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Shopping in Killarney

Shopping in Killarney

Shopping in Killarney

Lynes of Killarney

Shopping in Killarney High Street

Shopping in Killarney High Street

There are many great shops in Killarney, we like Lynes of Killarney Children’s wear store, stockists of

Come and Shop with us in Killarney and check out the following brands, Timberland, Monnalisa, Tommy Hilfiger, Gant, Mayoral, DKNY, Hugo Boss, Billie Blush,  NZA, Scotch & Soda, Catimini, Steiff.

We are situated at 69 High Street Killarney on the left-hand side.

Killarney Stores

Killarney Stores

If you are shopping in Killarney why not drop in to see us,
we are a Family Run Store
and offer our customers top quality household goods and Children’s Clothes

Call us at +353 (0)64 6631146

Email: veronica@lynesofkillarney.com


Christmas in Killarney

Christmas in Killarney

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Blasket Island Boat trip

Blasket Island Boat trip

Blasket Island Boat trip

On the 9th of September 2018, we took a trip from the Lake Hotel in Killarney to visit the Blasket Island by boat.

We have done a video here so you can see what it really is like to take on a great Adventure that is the Blasket Island Boat trip to the Island.

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Ring of Kerry Private Guided Tours

Ring of Kerry Private Guided Tours

Private Guided Tours of the Ring of Kerry

Would you like your own personal guide for the Ring of Kerry, we can recommend locally qualified and trained drivers with the expertise and knowledge that will make your experience a magical one. Take the worry of driving and let a local expert do the driving along with sharing the rich history the Ring of Kerry has to offer.

Along with the Ring of Kerry, we also recommend the “Skellig Ring” its part of the Wild Atlantic Way, rich in History and second to none when it comes to scenery.

Here are just some of the advantages of having your own personal guide drive you in Ireland :

  • Pressure free travelling someone else doing the driving.
  • You’re the boss you pick your travel times and what interests you.
  • Stop where you like on the Ring of Kerry.
  • Get good local history and interesting stories when required.
  • Go where Tour Buse’s cant.
  • Eat in uniquely Irish restaurants and Bars
  • Visit our secret places not accessible by coach tours.
Standing Stone Row Watervilley

Standing Stones Ring of Kerry

If you are getting a Private Guide on the Ring of Kerry here are some recommendations you may ask her or him about :

Stone Forts at Cahersiveen, Valentia car ferry,  Cromwell point Lighthouse, Valentia Slate Quarry, Ireland’s most remote Pub “next pint New York”, Saint Brendan’s Well, Bray Head walk, Skellig Experience, Portmagee, Skellig Chocolate Factory, McCarthy’s Castle, Fisherman’s Bar Waterville, Eightercua standing Stones, Derrynane House and Fairy Huts ( Kid’s favorite), Moll’s Gap, Devil’s Punchbowl bar and the McCarthy Mór Castle at the Lake Hotel.

Other popular day tours are the Dingle Peninsula, Beara Peninsula, Killarney and its National parks, the Wild Atlantic Way and the Cliffs of Moher.

Ring of Kerry

Ring of Kerry

Contact us for further information at catherine@lakehotel.com    or     ashley@lakehotel.com

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Top things to do in Killarney

Top things to do in Killarney


Killarney in the Center of County Kerry and a great base to visit everything worthwhile, here are our Top Things to do in Killarney.

Our new Video will make you want to stay extra days in Killarney enjoy!

1. The first Top things to do in Killarney is a visit to Muckross Abbey, Muckross House & Gardens, Torc Waterfall and finish with a Beer or Lakeside Cocktail at the Lake Hotel it will be a great start to your visit to Killarney.

2. Drive the Ring of Kerry and Visit Valentia Island.

3. Visit Muckross House and the National Park, Cycle or Walk

4. Cycle the Gap of Dunloe and Boat 13 miles on three Lakes back to Killarney.

5. Play Golf at Killarney, Ballybunion, Ring of Kerry or Waterville.

6. Visit the ,http://www.celticsteps.ie/ Traditional Music and Dance

7. Drive the Dingle Peninsula, Swim with a wild Dolphin, magnificent scenery !

8. Take a Jaunting Car ride in the National Park.

9. Climb Ireland’s Highest Mountain  Carrauntuohil 3,414 feet. (Not Alone or take a Guide!!)

10.  Surf the Atlantic Waves at Brandon Bay or at Inch Reef’s .

11. Visit the Lake Hotel for a relaxing drink overlooking Castle, Lakes and Mountains.

12. Drive to Healy Pass and the Beara Peninsula

13. Dive in The Gulf Stream and experience some of the best Diving in the World !!!!!

14. Fish on the Lakes of Killarney with your own Ghillie or just take a tour on the Lake

15. Do a Pub Crawl in Killarney Town more than 40 pubs in 400 yard radius 🙂

16. Dine out in one of the many fine Restaurants in Killarney

17. Walk some of the Kerry Way walking Trails

18. Visit old Abbey’s and Castles walking distance from the Lake Hotel in Killarney.

19. Shopping in Killarney is a must before you leave Killarney.

20. Kiss the Blarney Stone

21. Visit Crag Caves in Castleisland

22. Walk on the most Magnificent Beach in the world at Derrynane

23. Boat and walk on Garnish Island

24. Drive to Gleanntassig park on the Dingle Peninsula and fish for Rainbow Trout

25. Visit the Hermits Hut & Well on Torc Mountain.

26. Soak in the Outdoor Hot tub at the Lake Hotel

27. Have for a cool beer / drink after soaking in the outdoor Hot Tub

28. Take a top class show an Ireland’s National Event Centre (INEC)

29. See the Muckross Traditional Farms and how country life was in the 1920’s

30. Soak in the atmosphere Killarney has to offer tourists to our Magnificent Town

31. View the newly reintroduced White Tailed Sea Eagles in the Killarney National Park and on the Lakes of Killarney.

32. Try the New Lakeside Bistro & Vegetarian / Vegan Menu overlooking the 12th Century Castle and the Lakes of Killarney

33. Boat trip to the Skellig Rock, 5th. Century Monastic settlement 700 feet up just amazing

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Mizen Head Lighthouse

Mizen Head Lighthouse

Mizen Head

Mizen Head Lighthouse is located on the South Western Coast of Ireland right on the “Wild Atlantic Way” on the Beara Peninsula. Take the N71 from Killarney and take a right on the R592 and then on to the R591. In my opinion, it is far more spectacular and less of a Tourist Trap than the Cliffs of Moher. You will experience a local community at work running the restaurant and the visitor centre. The views are up there with the best in Ireland.

At Mizen Head you can see :

Mizen Head Lighthouse & Bridge

Whales and Dolphins

Fastnet Lighthouse

Atlantic Seabirds

Grey Seals

The Stunning Barley Cove Beach

Also learn about:

Transatlantic cables

Irish lighthouses

Who ran the Lighthouses

What you will experience:

Locals who run the attraction are friendly

The fresh breeze from out deep in the Atlantic Ocean

Unique views of the Fastnet lighthouse the the South

On our travels back to the Lake Hotel in Killarney I visited the hidden gem that is Barley Cove Beach, the towns of Bantry and Glengarriff then stopping at Molly Gallivan’s old Famine Village. Next, it’s on through Kenmare, Molls Gap before returning to the Lake Hotel for a nice cold local beer.

I hope you enjoy the Video above on Mizen Head it will give you some idea on what you would expect, weather permitting. Mizen Head and the Kerry Cliff’s I would rate more than the Cliff’s of Moher. In my opinion its less touristy and better views and experience overall. That said if you are driving passed it would be worth a stop. Either way, I hope you enjoy your Vacation to Ireland and hope this page is useful and I can only highly recommend Mizen Head.

If you are in Killarney it takes a couple of hours through very scenic contryside to get to Mizen Head, the drive will entertain your journey and is worthwhile on its own.

Tip: If you can stay in Killarney a few days extra you will cease to live out of a suitcase and enjoy your Vacation more, save the time packing up checking in and out of your accommodation. Killarney is in the Heart of the South West and a great place to base yourself on your trip to this region.

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Top 10 Free Attractions in Killarney

Top 10 Free Attractions in Killarney

Top 10 Free Attractions in Killarney

There are many free attractions available in Killarney for visitors to enjoy here are our top 10.

1. Muckross Abbey

Situated in the National park, 1.5 Km from the Lake Hotel, 1 km from the first gate to the National park on the left after you pass the Lake Hotel on the Muckross road.

Muckross Abbey Killarney

Muckross Abbey Killarney

2. Torc Waterfall

Torc Waterfall is situated in the Killarney National Park 6 km from the Town centre and situated on the Ring of Kerry road. It is close enough to the Lakes of Killarney yet hidden in a beautiful wooded area under Torc Mountain.

Torc Waterfall

Torc Waterfall

3. Muckross Gardens

Muckross Gardens has many interesting paths that lead you around to places of great beauty, a little beyond and you can explore Muckross abbey of even Torc waterfall. Parking at Muckross House might be your best option if you like walking, you get the gardens, Old Boathouse walks Dundag beach and Arthur Young’s nature trail.

Muckross gardens

Muckross Gardens

4. The Meeting of the Waters

8 km from Killarney on the N 71 Ring of Kerry road from Kenmare there is a car park, here its just over 1.2 km to the Meeting of the Waters, it is situated close to Dinis Cottage.

Old Weir Bridge Killarney

Old Weir Bridge Killarney

5. Ross Island & the Old Copper Mines

Dating back nearly 4,000 years Copper was being mined in Killarney on Ross Island, thankfully it can be accessed over a bridge via a pathway that will lead you to such places as the Mining Trail, Governors Rock and Library point.

Ross Island & the copper mines

Ross Island & the Copper Mines

6. Walk the Gap of Dunloe

Starting at Kate Kearney’s Cottage you can walk the Gap of Dunloe, it is a magnificent glacial valley and you can walk in as far as you like. There is day tours available more information ….

Gap of Dunloe

Gap of Dunloe

7. Saint Mary’s Cathedral

8. Fishing on the Lakes of Killarney

Fishing on the Lakes of Killarney is free for Trout fishing, we recommend a pair of waders to get the maximum benefits and ask a local where it is safe to use them as the lake can get deep in many areas quickly.

9. Walk though Derrycunnihy Oak Wood

10. Killarney playground

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Ring of Kerry Tour

Ring of Kerry Tour

Ring of Kerry Tour

The Ring of Kerry, a Guided Tour. We hope you get some useful ideas here for your Ring of Kerry Day trip.

Ring of Kerry Tour

Leaving Killarney by Saint Mary’s Cathedral drive for the Killorglin road (N 72), you will pass Killarney Golf Club on your left, keep going straight on to Killorglin you will also pass Ballymalis Castle about 14 km from Killarney on the left, it is a sister Castle to Blarney, Ballycarbery near Cahersiveen and Castlelough in Killarney in Rof the Lake Hotel. You will soon arrive in Killorglin famous for Puck Fair, a Pagan festival dating back 3000 years ( Celebrated on the 10 / 11 and 12th. of August each year).


After Killorglin, you will also pass the Red Fox Inn and Traditional Bog Village Museum where you can see some Rural dwelling like those living in Ireland dated back in the 1800s.
Next stop is Glenbeigh, it has a beautiful beach at Rossbeigh, 3 miles of sandy beach, head back to the N 70.


Ahead the road joins the Atlantic Ocean where there is a Beautiful Ocean Vista is known as the Mountain Stage with great views of Dingle Bay, this is a good spot to stretch your legs and enjoy the view. Kells Bay is home to Kells Bay Gardens, a Sub Tropical experience and is also worth a visit a little further on.


After passing on from Kells and just before Cahersiveen at the on the left can be seen
the birthplace of Daniel O’Connell he was known as “The Liberator ”
and hero to the Irish people in the 1800’s and still to this day, nearly every Town in Ireland has a statue of him of something that refers to him.

Local visitor information can be found in the Old RIC Barracks the big white tower-like building near the town centre. The Barracks was built by the English and designed for India but they got the plans mixed up, there is be an Irish Castle type designed building in India to this present day.

In this area of the Ring of Kerry, there are two Stone Forts dating back to the 9th. Century. You can also find Ballycabbery Castle (ruin) which is said to be haunted, it was blown up by Cromwell’s Forces from the inside out, once a fortress to The McCarthy Mór who ruled Munster. If you would like to visit Ballycarbery Castle and the Stone forts of Cahergal & Leacanabuaile cross the bridge by the RIC Barracks to what’s known locally as “Over the Water”.

Valentia Island & The Skellig Ring

Leaving Caherciveen on your right-hand side you can see Valentia Island which can be accessed from Renard Pier by a Car Ferry to Knightstown and eventually exit at PORTMAGEE on a bridge. Here you have an option to do the “Skellig Ring”. The Skellig Ring is a great addition to the Ring of Kerry and we cannot recommend it enough but take note some of the roads are not suitable for Buses and only for cars and minivans.

VALENTIA was where the first Transatlantic Cable was laid to North America in 1857, more information is available in the Heritage Centre (old National School) you can also visit the Slate Quarry and the Light House amazing scenery and take a look at the Tetrapod footprints over 380 million years old. (see Map bottom of the page)

On the North road on Valentia there is an optional road (toll) up to Gokaun Mountain, here you can drive to the highest point on Valentia and from here you can see, County Cork to the South, The Skelligs to the Southwest. You can also see the Blasket Islands, the Dingle Peninsula to the West, and much of the Ring of Kerry to the East.

As you head to the other end of the Island turn right for Saint Brendan’s Well and the Pub used in the Guinness TV add “Next Pint New York” painted on the side of it. Visit the Well but please stay away from the Cliff as the signs warn you too. The Cliffs in Valentia are prone to get more freak waves than anywhere in Europe, enjoy the Well and photos besides the so-called most western Pub in Europe.

Near the Transatlantic monument up the hill, there is a car park and a nice walk up to Bray Head 2 km amazing views of the Skelligs and sea Cliffs, you can visit the Skellig Experience which is down near the bridge to Portmagee.

When you go over the Bridge to Portmagee, Possibly Ireland’s most scenic fishing Village, the Bridge Bar is worth a visit or a lunch stop.

Later on, continue to do the Skellig Ring via Coomanaspig Pass the highest drivable pass in Ireland on to Saint Finians Bay home of the Skellig Chocolate factory and it’s well worth a visit. At Saint Finian’s Bay, there is a beautiful beach if you roar “Up the Kingdom” at the Skelligs you will hear the Echo come right back. 😉 I think you have to do it 3 times.

It’s on to Ballinskelligs after that and continues on following the signposts for Waterville.


Heading on to Waterville turn right at the church and take the Coastal road into Waterville. Here you have a great view of the Ballinskellig’s Bay. Waterville was and is very popular with people like Charlie Chaplin, Shirley McClaine, Walt Disney, Tiger Woods, Payne Stuart and Michael Jordan, Catherine Zeta-Jones to name a few. It’s a quiet Seaside Town, yet steeped in History and has many Ancient Standing Stones, Forts and Legendary tales of days gone by. You can get your photo taken with a statue of Charlie Chaplin and more recently Kerry GAA great Micko O’Dwyer.

The Fishermans Bar in the Butler Arms Hotel is a nice place to stop for lunch, it is here the Huggard family has welcomed some of the most famous people from all over the world for their renowned hospitality at one stage the Huggard’s employed more than half the population of Waterville form here the Bay View hotel and the Huggard’s Stores at the end of the village along with Shooting guides & Fishing Ghillies. The walls in the Butler Arms hotel are quite interesting and if you visit Saint Michael’s Church there is local history there including the Butler’s, John Mulcahy, and the Trans Atlantic Cable.

Caherdaniel / Derrynane

Leaving Waterville you head up and over the mountains at Coomakista Pass, park here and enjoy the views,
to the north Ballinskelligs Bay and to the south Caherdaniel, Derrynane and Castle Cove, in the far distance, you can see County Cork.
If it is a nice day go to Derrynane Beach, misty or rain visit Derrynane House once home to Daniel O’Connell the Liberator and is now a museum and open to the public.

After Caherdaniel you can visit Staigue Fort ( 2500 years old ) its a left turn just before Castle Cove is also open to the public and admission is free.

Ring of Kerry Video including the Skellig Ring


The next town is Sneem was home of the famous Casey brothers and as “The New York Times wrote: ” The Toughest Family That Ever Lived”. Steve Casey was the undisputed world wrestling Champion for more than ten years, when wrestling was “Wrestling”, Joe Louis refused many offers from Steve Casey as he feared this Irish man who could box as well as wrestle, there is a life-size statue of Steve ( the crusher ) Casey on the left as you leave Sneem. You have to see the Hands, from the tip of his Thunb to his little Finger was 15 inches ( 38 cm ) and he could tear a telephone book apart in seconds. If you google him you will find a fascinating story worthy of a Hollywood Movie Jim Casey trained the Astronauts for NASA in Huston Texas in tub o war they remained unbeaten. Pass their teens the Caseys were never beaten in a boat race, they once challenged the World to produce a team that would beat them for $40,000 paid by Grace Kelly’s father, when the other rowers found our the times the Casey’s were achieving over a 4 mile race the crews who turned up all went home they hadn’t a chance. There is a fabulous book now available called “The Legendary Casey Brothers” with Jim Hudson and Jim Casey. A DVD is also available http://christyriordanvideos.com/documentaries/

The road for Killarney in beside the Statue of Steve Casey for Molls Gap you can also go on to Kenmare, either way you will have a good view of the Mountains of Kerry, when you get to Molls Gap and you will see lakes in the distance on your left the Black Valley and the Head of the Gap ( the Gap of Dunloe ) in the distance. At Ladies View, you can see the Lake Hotel, that white building in the distance and as you descend you can see the Three Lakes of Killarney. You will pass the Upper Lake and the Middle Lake before you get to Torc Waterfall on your right and then on to Muckross House and Gardens, well worth a visit and stretch those legs after a great day. All that is left is, back to the ” Lake Hotel ” and Shower / Bath / or relax in a Jacuzzi or head straight to the Pub. You could also use the Outdoor Jacuzzi overlooking the Ring of Kerry and the Killarney National Park, then a relaxing drink in the Devil’s Punchbowl Bar overlooking the Floodlit Castle and Lake, and its time for dinner in The Castlelough Restaurant our Lakeside Bistro / Pub. New in 2015 Huggard 1912 Craft Beer is now being served in our Pub.

The Lake Hotel is ideal Ring of Kerry Hotel Accommodation, situated on the Ring of Kerry and next to the Killarney National Park.

The Ring of Kerry begins and ends at the Lake Hotel

Vacation Killarney recommend visitors take a look at our map it only gives a brief description of what’s on the Ring of Kerry but if you go to the points we mention it will open up many other points of interest.

Did you know the Ring of Kerry was recently voted in the top ten most scenic drives in the World!

Did you know Kerry has the largest Coastline

Free Ring of Kerry Map is available for Guest & Customers at the Lake Hotel

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Snow in Killarney 2018

Snow in Killarney 2018

Snow in Killarney in 2018

We had amazing snow in Killarney in 2018 and it made the scenery look even more amazing, while it was bad for local businesses it did not stop family’s making the most of activities usually only available in Alpine Europe. We have included some images and a video of our experience in the Castlelough / Muckross region of Killarney and a bit from Ballaghasheen in central Kerry.

Killarney Hotels Views

View from Killarney’s Lake hotel and the 12th Century Castle at Castlelough Killarney.

Killarney Snow Video :

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